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A matron of the arts

is waiting in the audience,

like the rest of them.  When the

playwright puts his head out

and asks if they are becoming impatient,

only the matron can hear him.  She says that

it’s true, that the audience has

grown anxious.  He tells her that

there have been some problems back stage with

the police and

then he stops

speaking because

there is crimson

blood dripping onto

the stage and

the curtain pulls

back so that

we, in the crowd,

can see an officer

of the law and a

knife in the author’s

back.  the statepoliceman

has eyes of ice and he

points a gun at

the matron, who

is fat and-